Mindfulness and meditation are widely practised in the UK. There are many ways you can learn mindfulness, and they come in different formats like joining introductory courses, having formal mindfulness courses, scheduling private sessions or Buddhist courses and going through self-guided resources.
The first thing that you have to do is to check the qualifications of your mindfulness teacher before taking any course with them or joining their group sessions. A professional mindfulness teacher must be listed by the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA).
If you want to learn about mindfulness and meditation through introductory courses or group sessions, then your option can be a one-day to an eight-week course that is structured through basic concepts and exercises and tailored to particular groups that you may be a part of.
Another step is to take some formal mindfulness courses. These are structured mindfulness therapy programmes developed to treat specific problems. The two popular ones are Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for depression and anxiety and Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for general stress.
You can also take the one-to-one private session. One-to-one private sessions may be expensive, but they might be worth the expense because they are usually tailored to your particular situation.
You can also find comfort in some Buddhist mindfulness courses that include traditional Buddhist practices of mindful meditation and other mindful techniques. However, these Buddhist practices are more likely to promote general mental well-being than treat any specific health problem.
When you don’t want to get others involved in your meditation or are just not comfortable with the group thing, then you can take the step of using self-guided resources. Self-guided resources such as apps, books, CDs, podcasts and online courses might be useful when you don’t feel like engaging in face-to-face support.
Each of these steps can be used to learn mindfulness and meditation. You just have to find a step that is tailored to suit your preference, availability and pocket. You can connect with us for more information.